Today: Students, allies plan statewide walkouts & rallies to support Dreamers

UNM’s acting president is encouraging students to walk out of class to support immigrant rights. High schools and community colleges statewide are hosting their own walkouts in solidarity with Dreamers, the children of undocumented immigrants brought here years ago without ever knowing another home. President Trump is widely expected today to announce his intent to end protections for these children created by President Obama’s DACA program, but with a 6-month delay to allow Congress time to pass a bill making the program permanent. That option doesn’t sit well with most Dreamers, primarily because there is little confidence that a Republican-led Congress could pass such a law Trump would sign. More than 800,000 estimated Dreamers would be deported by Trump – 97% of whom are in school or college.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Trump not to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio

In July, a federal judge convicted Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of willfully violating a federal order to stop using his police force to target residents based on race.  Earlier this month, President Trump announced that he would travel to Phoenix, launching speculation that Trump would pardon his long-time ally. Tuesday afternoon, White House communications staff said that Donald Trump was not prepared to talk about pardoning the former sheriff. Four hours later, Trump mentioned it anyway.